Tuesday, June 22, 2010

The Caker is off to France


This is a quick note to say that I leave for France in a week so I won't be able to take cake orders for the next month people! 

For the first ten days I'll be in Paris and then I'm heading to the South to the Cote de Azur for the remainder of my trip. I'm going to eat like a queen and enjoy the peak of the European summer. Oh it's going to be amazing.

The French don't really eat cakes as such, they prefer tarts, clafoutis and pastries, but hopefully I will pick up inspiration for some magnificent baking on my return.

Au revoir a tous!


Me, my bestie Clare and my sister Anouk last time we were in Paris at the famous Kong
Photos / my own, thisisnaive, tumblr

Wednesday, June 16, 2010

The Pistache Cake - Dark Chocolate, Pear and Pistachio Cake

A lovely girl called Melissa, who also has a blog dedicated to baking and cooking (careerintheover), sent me this recipe for lavish chocolate, pear and pistachio cake. Oh my god, it's amazing. I used organic dark chocolate and organic pears to create this fancy-schmancy cake. It's rich and delicate, while the coarse crumbs of pistachio provide texture in the form of a little crunch. As if it wasn't sumptuous enough, the cake is then coated in a dark chocolate ganache. I'm sure it will impress anyone who loves chocolate!

cake
organic dark chocolate
pistachios
butter
sugar
organic eggs
flour (could be replaced with gluten free flour)
baking powder
organic pear

ganache
dark chocolate
cream



Thursday, June 10, 2010

Cake Pops

Today I made these cake pops for a client. The inside of the pop is a combination of broken up flourless dark chocolate cake, cream cheese, creme fraiche and icing sugar. The balls are then dipped in dark or white chocolate and decorated with sprinkles, coconut, vanilla sugar, raspberry sugar, gold balls or anything else that looks pretty. They are labour intensive wee things but I think they make a nice alternative to the conventional cupcake, don't you?

Wednesday, June 2, 2010

Terrible Chocolate Cake - Gluten Free, Flourless Dark Chocolate Cake


With exams coming up and a big European trip to organise, I have decided to make the cake of the week a fail proof favourite: the terrible chocolate cake (aptly named because it's pretty lethal, one bite and you're doomed to want the rest of it). This is my most popular cake and I always recommend it for special occasions such as birthdays or thank yous or simply needing to impress someone. It's rich and delicate and literally melts in your mouth. It also suits those who like to be gluten free, containing only a small amount of ground almonds.

Ingredients:

organic dark chocolate (70%)
butter
sugar
organic eggs
ground almonds

The terrible part - a whole lot of chocolate and butter ready to be melted together over a bain marie

This cake also comes in cupcake size for those of you who are more modest chocolate lovers

Recipe adapted from 101 Cookbooks

Tuesday, June 1, 2010